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From: Bourne, Sarah (ITD)
Date: Dec 20, 2011 9:27AM


Thank you, John and Jukka - exactly what I needed!
sb

Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology &
Mass.Gov Chief Technology Strategist
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
617-626-4502
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http://www.mass.gov/itd


-----Original Message-----
From: <EMAIL REMOVED> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of John E Brandt
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 11:03 AM
To: 'WebAIM Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] font for "large print" Word document

Sarah,

This may be of some help:
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Large print is defined by the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) as "print for text passages that is larger than the print used by that segment of the population with normal vision. APH takes the position that large print for use by the low vision population is print that is eighteen points in size or larger."
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What is large print?

Large print is generally defined as print that is larger than print sizes commonly used by the general population (which is considered to be 8 to 12 points in size). Some use a guideline for defining large print as 18 point or larger. A document rendered in large print format usually has more white space and may or may not look like the original document but contains the same information. Large print may be printed on pages that are the same size as a standard textbook page or on pages of a larger size.
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There is more at this reference from the National Center for Accessible Instructional Materials (NC-AIM) (located in Massachusetts!) http://aim.cast.org/learn/accessiblemedia/allaboutaim/what#lgprint

Happy Holidays!

~j

John E. Brandt
www.jebswebs.com
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207-622-7937
Augusta, Maine, USA

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Bourne, Sarah
(ITD)
Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 10:18 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] font for "large print" Word document

I have been asked about the best font and font size to use for making a "large print" version of a document created in Word 2010 on Windows 7, intended to be distributed in paper. Are there guidelines on this? I found the lovely WebAIM article on fonts (http://webaim.org/techniques/fonts/) but it only deals with web pages.

Thanks!
sb

Sarah E. Bourne
Director of Assistive Technology &
Mass.Gov Chief Technology Strategist
Information Technology Division
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
617-626-4502
<EMAIL REMOVED>
http://www.mass.gov/itd